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by MartinH
Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Advice wanted, please...
Replies: 17
Views: 9302

Re: Advice wanted, please...

realnutter wrote:Hi Martin...

I may well be interested.. can I have some more info please...
Matt, I've sent you a PM.
by MartinH
Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Advice wanted, please...
Replies: 17
Views: 9302

Re: Advice wanted, please...

If you are interested in a Graduate mine is sitting in the garage doing nothing. She requires a bit of work but has two suits of sails, one very old and which could be cut down if wanted.
by MartinH
Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Historic PY numbers
Replies: 42
Views: 17912

Re: Historic PY numbers

All this talk of handicaps reminds me of an apocryphal story from south Devon. There were always arguments about the handicap system at a particular club until a member, who had given up competitive sailing offered to be their permanent race officer and handicapper, provided he was left alone and co...
by MartinH
Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Banter
Topic: 'Want to do' events
Replies: 55
Views: 26914

Re: 'Want to do' events

I don't think there's any encouragement to take unnecessary risks, but I do think there's a current problem of people not being able to judge any risks. When I first set off on a cruise I was 11 and my brother 13, we sailed down the crouch, camped at Burnham for the night then got picked up again t...
by MartinH
Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: overboard outboard.
Replies: 35
Views: 19710

Re: overboard outboard.

I realise I am late to the party but I can chime in with a "me too" story. We were taking a group of Sea Scouts up the Itchen in a gig with a Seagull long shaft on the back when the helmsman struck what he thought was an underwater obstruction and the outboard jumped off the transom and sank. Fortun...
by MartinH
Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:27 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Thingummyjig
Replies: 23
Views: 13546

Re: Thingummyjig

jpa_wfsc wrote:Another light air approach is for one to helm on starboard and the other on port. Then both stay up front..
My daughter and a friend got some wins at Shearwater using that technique when sailing a Gull in very light winds several years ago. Probably the only time a Gull has won there. :)
by MartinH
Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: GP14 and IC Rig
Replies: 6
Views: 3754

Re: GP14 and IC Rig

JimC - I think he said the boat was in the 90s. Unfortunately the hull has long since gone. :(

Michael - I have PMed you with contact details.
by MartinH
Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: GP14 and IC Rig
Replies: 6
Views: 3754

GP14 and IC Rig

I was talking with an old friend today and discovered he has an old all wood GP14 for sale. He thinks the sail number is in the 15 hundreds and she was built in the 60s. Hull and decks are sound, alloy mast, reasonable sails. He also has a mast and sails from an early IC that are looking for a good ...
by MartinH
Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Classic Boat Training
Replies: 9
Views: 4110

Re: Classic Boat Training

Depending on where and when I'm willing to lend a hand with some training.

We even still have one aft sheeted boat (Gull) for teaching the youngsters at West Wilts, so it is not a completely forgotten art :D Though we didn't use any aft sheeting on the SI course.
by MartinH
Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: Pre-War Start Sequence
Replies: 5
Views: 3529

Re: Pre-War Start Sequence

What a very good question! and not one that I am very sure of. Certainly before my time. If I had to guess, I would think that it may well of not been any way standardised and it was left up to the local rules of the host club. Somehow....also think....that although larger events on the sea used a ...
by MartinH
Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Banter
Topic: Pre-War Start Sequence
Replies: 5
Views: 3529

Pre-War Start Sequence

A bit of an obscure question, and I wasn't sure which board to post it in.

What was the start sequence pre-war (that's the 1939-45 one!)? I presume it was 10-5-GO, but what flags were used?

There are so many of you out there with useful books that I am sure someone must have the information.
by MartinH
Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Banter
Topic: Top Hat and Tails.
Replies: 7
Views: 3997

Re: Top Hat and Tails.

There was a day, also at Shearwater, when we had to remove a 4x4 that someone left in the water at the bottom of the slipway.
by MartinH
Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Graduate?
Replies: 5
Views: 3655

Re: Graduate?

Yes, Grads, like Fireflies, are nice singlehanded, especially the satisfaction of getting a really good tack in with minimal jib flapping. Ref the new sail not pointing as high - is this a known class thing, or just what you found? It wouldn't surprise me if the new main would involve a whole new t...
by MartinH
Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Graduate?
Replies: 5
Views: 3655

Re: Graduate?

I'm probably one of those Grad sailors Chris is referring to. The Grad is a great fun boat to sail single or double-handed. I must admit ours went best when Catherine helmed and I was crew/tactician. The reason I stopped sailing her was partly because my back was playing up and she was too heavy to ...
by MartinH
Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: ok, solo, thoughts please
Replies: 11
Views: 2705

Re: ok, solo, thoughts please

Rupert wrote:The OK. Old glass Solos are really the pits.
Thank you Rupert, I now have a legitimate excuse for sailing so slowly I can't catch Amy Barlow's Topper :D